I read with interest an article by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars.com entitled “The War on Men: 10 Ways Masculinity is under Attack” (Hat tip: Terry Brennan):
Men are facing a full frontal assault on their rights, health and culture like never before. The war on masculinity has never been so brutal – but it’s not a war being waged by women. The attack is coming directly from the top, as the establishment desperately attempts to emasculate and disempower men in order to force women to be more dependent on the state, thereby enabling more power to be centralized and aiding the growth of big government.
Reason number #7 caught my eye:
7) The “Privilege” Trap
Statists, collectivists and their mouthpieces in the media and the establishment claim that western men (in particular white men) cannot express a valid opinion on any issue related in any way to a “minority” (such as feminism or immigration) because they have “privilege”. The “privilege” talking point is a stunt through which liberals and feminists attempt to shut down free speech. In essence they are asserting the ludicrous notion that a man’s viewpoint has no value because of the color of his skin, his gender or his country of origin. This is an inherently racist position, yet it is routinely used by leftists to shout down their ideological adversaries and silence male voices.
Initially the author says it is “not a war waged by women” and the article description states “And why the elite – not women – are to blame” but he contradicts himself here. Yes, in some sense, it is a war waged with the help of women since you have feminists (who I assume are mostly women) attempting to shut down the free speech of men and voting in the men and women who will further the war. It may be the government who reaps many of the rewards of the war on men, but women who vote for bigger government and to harm men and “silence male voices” are also guilty. Yes, they are partly to blame and yes, they are also waging the war to their own benefit.